Finding Ways to Live Safely With Our Prehistoric Locals
Crocs and other deadly wildlife are the simple reality of living in far-north Australia.
Until the early 70s, it was the norm to hunt crocodiles meaning our waterways and beaches were safer and allowing much more in the way of water sports and recreation. Once this hunting ceased and the croc population began growing again, the human population also increased, meaning many water activities were severely hampered over safety concerns.
While, thankfully, the shire death toll due to croc attacks to this point has been low, council still needs to pursue policy that ensures safety without hampering the enjoyment of locals and tourists. Improved water play areas and safe swimming alternatives should be part of this policy to ensure the shire helps provide safe recreational water activity options.